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NCompass Live: Your Digital Footprint: Managing Your Online Identity

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Sept. 9. 2015.

Your digital footprint is the trail left by all the things you do online, including Facebook accounts, your browsing history, your online subscriptions, any photo galleries and videos you’ve uploaded — essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it. Digital natives like today’s students rarely think twice about putting their names on things online, so their footprints can be pretty wide. Digital immigrants like adults and seniors learning to use the Internet don't understand what their footprints reveal about them. Join Denise Harders, Co-Director, Central Plains Library System, to learn how you can help both groups manage their Digital Footprints.

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NCompass Live: Your Digital Footprint: Managing Your Online Identity

  1. 1. Your Digital Footprint Managing Your Online Identity
  2. 2. Definition—Digital Footprint  Information about a person that can be accessed online.  Active Digital Footprint ◦ Information a person has volunteered  Passive Digital Footprint ◦ Information about a person collected and stored by someone else The term “Digital Footprint” refers to both a person’s Active and Passive Footprints.
  3. 3. Active Digital Footprint  Social Media ◦ Facebook ◦ Linked In ◦ MySpace (those old accounts are still out there!)  Blogs and/or Websites  Personal Information Posted ◦ Relationships ◦ Interests ◦ Work Histories  Sometimes Sold for Advertising
  4. 4. Passive Digital Footprint  Bank Statements and Account Information  Credit Scores  Purchasing Histories  Criminal Records  Education Records  Internet Browsing Habits  Physical Locations Visited
  5. 5. Passive Digital Footprints--MORE  Smart Phones ◦ GPS  Track, Save and Broadcast your location ◦ Applications  aka “Apps”  Request access to contact lists and messaging ◦ Credit and Debit Card Information  Purchasing apps ◦ Pictures  Can be stolen without the user’s knowledge
  6. 6. Who Cares???  Online Retailers and Webmasters  Potential Employers  Criminals  Institutions Studying Human Psychology
  7. 7. Digital Footprints are Permanent  Finding Voluntarily-Supplied Data  Finding Data Collected by Third Parties  Having Data Removed from Active Websites ◦ Information still exists in cached pages  Cached = archived copies of old version of websites
  8. 8. Teaching About Online Identity Digital Footprint
  9. 9. Protect Information  Strong, Unique Passwords ◦ Each password you use should be different ◦ Not found in any dictionary ◦ Not your name ◦ Not 12345678 ◦ Not, Really NOT Password  Password Manager ◦ LastPass  The Last Password You Have to Remember  https://lastpass.com/how-it-works/  Other Password Managers
  10. 10. Identity Theft Protection  Consider paperless statements ◦ Helps to avoid documents falling into the wrong hands  Shred materials with personal information  Never click on links in emails from someone unknown  Beware of telemarketing scams ◦ Do not give out information online or on the telephone that you would not give to a stranger on the street.
  11. 11. Private Information  Full Name  Street Address  Email Address  Date of Birth  Telephone Numbers  Credit Card Information  Driver’s License Number  Mother’s Maiden Name  Name of School (for children)
  12. 12. Online Reputation Digital Footprint
  13. 13. Google Yourself 1,540 Results Under Images Pictures of me Pieces of Presentations Pictures of Librarians First few results Definitely Me Stuff I forgot Maybe me Definitely Not Me
  14. 14. Negative Online Activity  Applying for Colleges  Applying for Jobs  Building Personal Relationships
  15. 15. Managing Your Digital Footprint  Remove any content you own  Untag yourself from unsavory images on Facebook or request that your “friend” remove the image completely  Lock down your social networks by strengthening your Privacy Settings  Take personal information like education, employment, and hometown out of your Facebook account
  16. 16. Digital Citizenship The website http://digitalcitizenship.net defines Digital Citizenship as the appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. Schools (school librarians in particular) are being called to develop curriculum that teaches Digital Citizenship.
  17. 17. How Do We Act When Online  Digital Etiquette ◦ http://brainpop.com/spotlight/digitalcitizenship  Digital Safety  Copyright Basics ◦ http://copyrightkids.org  Understanding Cyberbullying ◦ http://stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html  Basic Civics ◦ http://icivics.org
  18. 18. References  Digital footprint. (2015). Salem Press Encyclopedia.  Rivero, V. (2014). Teaching and learning the ways of our brave new digital world. Internet@Schools. Jan./Feb. p. 6-8.  Wall, M. (2014). Managing your digital footprint. Fairfield County Business Journal. March 24. p. 11.  Willmer, D. (2009) Managing your digital footprint. T & D. June. P. 84-5  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/ curriculum

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